Thursday 9 April 2020


Sins of the Children (1930 - b/w) - MGM weepie.

Call of the Wild (1935 - b/w) - Efficient but visually unappetising adap with Clark Gable and Loretta Young. Followed by the cheaper, tackier White Fang (1936).

White Hunter (1935 - b/w)/Barricade (1939 - b/w) - Interchangeable exotica with the constantly constipated bloodhound Warner Baxter.

Dangerous (1935 - b/w) - Bette Davis potboiler. "I'm an actress."

Time Out for Romance (1937 - b/w) - Forgettable B-action romance with Claire Trevor.
See also Born Reckless (1937 - b/w) and News is Made at Night (1939 - b/w), which at least has a cool shot of a biplane flying over a prison, Midnight Taxi (1937 - b/w), Big Town Girl (1937 - b/w, with Claire Trevor as a masked singer), While New York Sleeps (1938 - b/w), Dangerously Yours (1937 - b/w), Island in the Sky (1938 - b/w), One Wild Night (1938 - b/w).

Sins of Man (1936 - b/w) - Jean Hersholt plays a doctor... again. Actually, he's not the Doctor in this. He reminds me of David Tomlinson, and also a relative. See also the Country Doctor (1935 - b/w), with the Dionne Quins, one of those archaic bits of cultural ephemera I learnt through Halliwell's Filmgoers' Companion (Including the existence of Cannon and Ball - they didn't return to telly until a few years afterward).

Ladies in Love (1936 - b/w) - Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett and Loretta Young are hip young Hungarians. Yes, Hungarians. See also Zoo in Budapest (1933 - b/w).

Private Number (1936 - b/w) - Loretta Young drama with Basil Rathbone.

One in a Million (1936 - b/w) - Identikit Sonja Henie musical, with the Ritz Brothers. See also Everything Happens at Night (1939 - b/w).

Under Two Flags (1936 - b/w) - Typical Foreign Legion gubbins with Ronald Colman.

The Road to Glory (1936 - b/w) - Fox's answer to All Quiet on the Western Front.

To Mary With Love (1936 - b/w)  - Rote Myrna Loy romance.

Champagne Charlie (1936 - b/w) - Forgettable NY-set caper with Paul Cavanagh.

It Had to Happen (1936 - b/w) - Forgettable Rosalind Russell comedy.

Thank You, Jeeves (1937 - b/w) - Duff Americanisation with David Niven as Wooster and Arthur Treacher as Jeeves.
See also Dinner at the Ritz (1937 - b/w) with Niven and Annabella cosplaying Amy Irving in the Far Pavilions, and the similar Loretta Young/Tyrone Power vehicle Cafe Metropole (1937 - b/w).

This is My Affair (1937 -b/w) -Rote musical hall melodrama with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor and John Carradine.
See also Love Under Fire (1937 - b/w) with Loretta Young, Don Ameche and Carradine again in the Spanish Civil War, and Gateway (1938), with Ameche.

Bad Boy (1937 - b/w) - Forgettable B-comedy with James Dunn.

Under The Red Robe (1937 - b/w) - Duff British biopic of Cardinal Richelieu, starring  Raymond Massey.

The Great Gambini (1937 - b/w) - Forgettable story of  a magician played by Akim Tamiroff.

Nancy Steele is Missing (1937 - b/w) - Forgettable Victor McLaglen mystery.

The Lady Objects (1938 - b/w) - Forgettable vehicle for forgotten singer Lanny Ross, with Gloria Stuart and the Great Soprendo newspaper trick.

Kidnapped (1938 - b/w) - Inauthentic, sloppy adaptation with Warner Baxter and Freddie Bartholemew.

Maid's Night Out (1938 - b/w) - Rote RKO romcom with Officer Dibble and Joan Fontaine.

Tarzan's Revenge (1938 - b/w) - There's a reason why people overlook Glenn Morris' Tarzan.

International Settlement (1938 - b/w) - Routine Orientalism with George Sanders and Dolores del Rio.

The Baroness and the Butler (1938 - b/w) - Rote romantic comedy with William Powell.

Hotel for Women (1939 - b/w) - Forgettable Linda Darnell vehicle.

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939 - b/w) - Great title, utterly forgettable bar the fact Glenn Ford appears.

20,000 Men A Year (1939 - b/w) - Unremarkable Randolph Scott air show.

The Three Musketeers (1939 - b/w) - Ritz Brothers goofiness with Don Ameche.

Tail Spin (1939 - b/w) - Air show musical with Alice Faye.

The Chinese Bungalow (1940 - b/w) - Rote quota quickie yellow peril with Paul Lukas.

Charter Pilot (1940 - b/w) - Rote aviation thriller, with some dreadful pop-eyed Black Drama School acting from Etta McDaniel, sister of Hattie.

Four Sons (1940 - b/w) - Don Ameche drama, easily confused with Adam Had Four Sons (1941 - b/w).

Little Old New York (1940 - b/w) - Stylish but uninvolving Alice Faye romantic historical drama.

The Great Profile (1940 - b/w) - Hagiographic story of John Barrymore as his own roman a clef.

Confirm or Deny (1941 - b/w) - Blitz romance with Don Ameche and Joan Bennett, plus Roddy McDowall.

Parachute Battalion (1941 - b/w) - The title says it all. Weird seeing young Buddy Ebsen.

Remember The Day (1941 - b/w)  - Patriotic sentiment with Claudette Colbert as a teacher.

The Pied Piper (1942 - b/w) - Sentimental war saga, again with Roddy McDowall.
On The Sunny Side (1942 - b/w) - Roddy McDowall is an English schoolboy evacuated to the US who stands up to My Country Tis of Thee. Mawkish, though even then, Roddy had something. Has a scene set at the BBC. Another 37 years before Roddy would work for the BBC.

China Girl (1942 - b/w) - Rote but watchable propaganda with Gene Tierney and George Montgomery.

Secret Agent of Japan (1942 - b/w) - Fox yellow peril propaganda nastiness.

Young America (1942 - b/w) - Kiddy scouting drama with Jane Withers. See also Little Miss Nobody (1935 - b/w) and Boy Friend (1939 - b/w).

Careful Soft Shoulders (1942 - b/w) - Rote espionage screwballer.

The Night Before the Divorce (1942 - b/w) - Duff romcom with Lynn Bari. See also The Perfect Snob (1942 - b/w).

Paris After Dark (1943 - b/w) - Paris looks like an old west town in this WW2 propaganda piece, with George Sanders.

Immortal Sergeant (1943 - b/w) - Utterly generic WW2 saga with Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara and Thomas Mitchell.

Bomber's Moon (1943 - b/w) - Rote aviation saga.

He Hired the Boss (1943 - b/w) - Bland Stuart Erwin comedy.

Crime Doctor (1943 - b/w) - Rote first installment in a Columbia B-series with Warner Baxter who always looks constipated

The Moon is Down (1943 - b/w) - Nazis invade the Scandinavian countryside, i.e. the set of How Green Was My Valley, and Henry Travers and Lee J Cobb in old age makeup that almost makes him look like the Lee J. Cobb of 1974 intervene.

Happy Land (1943 - b/w) - Patriotic mawk with Don Ameche.

Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943 - b/w) - Threadbare Fox Russian-set war propaganda.

The Fighting Sullivans (1944 - b/w) - Rote military drama.

Winged Victory (1944 - b/w) - Typial military propaganda piece.
See also Manila Calling (1942 - b/w).

Circumstantial Evidence (1945 - b/w) - Forgettable suburban thriller with Lloyd Nolan.

The Caribbean Mystery (1946 - b/w) - Rote Fox B-nonsense exotica.

Strange Journey (1946 - b/w) - Ropey jungle trash from Fox.

Jungle Patrol (1948 - b/w) - Silly wartime jungle tosh, with a young Richard Jaeckel.

Deadline for Murder  (1946 - b/w) - Rough Fox noir.

To Each His Own (1946 - b/w) - Partly set in Huddersfield, typical post-war Transatlantic weepie with Olivia De Havilland, Roland Culver and the bland John Lund. Culver links this to Crown Court, the Pallisers, Rumpole, Softly Softly and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.

Roses are Red (1947 - b/w) - Rough Fox noir.
See also Backlash (1947 - b/w), Strange Triangle (1946 - b/w), Behind Green Lights (1946 - b/w) and Dangerous Millions (1946 - b/w), Quiet Please: Murder (1942 - b/w), and the sub-Runyonesque The Escape (1939 - b/w).

The Iron Curtain (1948 - b/w) - Rote spying yarn with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney.

The Counterfeiters (1948 - b/w) - Sub-Bulldog Drummond thickear, with Lon Chaney Jr.

Half Past Midnight (1948 - b/w) - Rough fox noir.

The Sainted Sisters (1948 - b/w) - Silly throaway Victorian comedy with Barry Fitzgerald, Joan Caulfield and Veronica Lake.

Cry of the City (1948 - b/w) - Rote Richard Conte/Victor Mature noir enlivened by Shelley Winters as a cabbie in leopard print and a beret.

Whirlpool (1949 - b/w) - Routine noir psychorama with Jose Ferrer and Gene Tierney.

The Long Wait (1954 - b/w) - Lower rung Mickey Spillane, with Anthony Quinn.

Serie Noire (1979) - Brilliantly grim, horrible French Jim Thompson adap.

Screamplay (1985 - b/w) - Maybe the best Troma film. Kooky, and with George Kuchar in an acting role.

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